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                March 2014 Report

SM: Charles Hardy, WV8CH; ASM: K8WV; ACC: N8NH;

 “HELLO”  WEST VIRGINIA AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS” the next WVSARC meeting is scheduled for May 2014 at the Hickory House in Weston. Please come out and support your Amateur Radio counsel. All WV AMATEURS are members of the WVSARC – come to the meeting and support the ARRL WV Convention. The state convention has been changed back to the 4th weekend in August for this year.

ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE on activities and actions in the amateur community, visit .  Lots of drop boxes – enjoy surfing and searching the site.  Support ARRL in WV – join.

  Many of you have worked very hard to keep your clubs active and assisted during severe weather events, and of course, participated in the Hamfests throughout the years.  Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


WV AMATEUR RADIO CLUBs –Thanks to the several clubs for updating the WVSARC Club list.   Should you have an Amateur Radio Club you would like to list, just visit and click on the Add or Edit Club link. 
Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM, Net Manager for the WV ARES®/RACES Emergency Net will be accepting volunteers for the 2014 monthly Net Control positions – The Net Control position would take about ½ hour one evening a month (1st  Thursday following the 6:00 PM Fone Net on 3810). Should you be interested in becoming a Net Control, contact 
Dan Ringer, K8WV, ARRL WV Section ASM:
Should you have a question related to amateur radio and ARRL, just contact Dan at

Keith Richmond, W8KER, ARRL WV Section OOC:
WV OO February activity – Three (3) OO’s reporting and a total of 75 hours monitoring and two (2) notice sent. If you are Interested in becoming an OO you may contact Keith at

Bill Hunter, K8BS, ARRL WV Section SGL:
State Government Liaison providing support with the State OES.


Dirk Burnside, WD8PAD, ARRL WV STM:
Should you have a technical problem, just contact Dirk for assistance at
ARRL ACTIVITIES: The ARRL letter will be posted each Friday.
ARRL Letter  also available on Audio News 
W1AW General, DX, Keplerian, Propagation Bulletins
W1AW   Schedule
Visit the  website for ARES® and related information.
FEMA online independent study course that presents the concepts of Emergency
Support Function #2-Communications Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
Database – Is your MAILING ADDRESS AND NAME current in the FCC database

There seems to be an influx of new “Hams and Upgrades”, see lists below.  Please try to Elmer and support those new to the “hobby”.

WV NEW AMATEURS for March 2014 "Welcome To" Michael P Tucker, KD8WXKTimothy C Hager, KD8WTKJessica N Hughes, KD8WRIJames B Marcum, KD8WWI;  Kristi A Peterson, KD8WWH; James M Vicars, KD8WVSKathyleen M Ruch, KD8WWFMatthew J Miller, KD8WTJAnthony R Jones, KD8WVQFrancis G Hodge, KD8WWJJason T Riffle, KD8WWGPaul D Cantrell, KD8WWKDouglas M Legg, KD8WXJLarry J Sydenstricker, KD8WWDJames R Blevins, KD8WTLDonald J McCoy, KD8WVMLaurence M Wright, KD8WSP;Gerald E Johnson, KD8WVTKimberly D Harbour, KD8WVP; David L Hunter, KD8WXI; David L Lilly, KD8WVR; John F Whiteley, KD8WWC; Sherri R Simpson, KD8WWE; James E Pate, KD8WRL; Angela D Beckett, KD8WXH; John B Lively, KD8WRH; Earl F Dodson, KD8WRJ; Larry W Arnold, KD8WXG; David R Cheuvront, KD8WTA; William D Kuykendall, KD8WUM; Duane Carr, KD8WUK; Tiffany D Carr, KD8WUL; and Roscoe W Hinkle, KD8WUJ.


WV Amateur Upgrades for March 2014 "CONGRATULATIONS" Johnny L Buckner, N8TXNWilliam B Moles, KD8WBIMartin B Riffle, KD8WDAAndrew T Grimm, KD8RYPSteven G Lewis, KD8SQU; Gary R Masser, KD8WOIBrian M Beckett, KD8WRKOrville L Cole, KG6ZTMHarold T Crow, KD8VMDVincent A Silvester, KD8UNO; and Hobart C Sigley, KB8VNF. 

Be sure to Congratulate them the next time you see them or hear them on the air. 

WV ARRL MEMBER (New/Renew) –March 2014 – “WELCOME” Jeffrey C Jackson, KC8ZRH; John S Rucker, KB8GLH; Douglas C Murray, KD8AZU; Michael L Edwards, W8MLE; Juan R Pineiro, KD8MDW; Ronald L Muir, N1NDG; Adam S Knight; Gary R Masser, KD8WOI; John Whiteley, KD8WWC; Donald M Ramey, KC8YTQ; James E Pate, KD8WRL; John B Lively, KD8WRH; Earl F Dodson, KD8WRJ; Gilbert W Jones, KB8FEF; Dwane B Weekley, N8KZQ; William W McGee, KC8ZOL; Sanford Satterfield; William M Barr, N8RBG; Maurice G Brown, K8MAN; Hobart C Sigley, KB8VNF; Thomas J Graf, KD8WQK; Daril J Stalnaker, WD8KOW; John W Averill, N8NQW; and Marian Walker, KD8WME. 


Matt Gregg,KD8OMT ARRL WV Section Emergency Coordinator: March 2014 Report See ARES® Reports below. Interested in public service and emergency communications, join the ARRL and subscribe to the ARES® E-Letter at and for NON-members

Number of drills, tests and training sessions reported this month: 20 Person hours   149

Number of public service events reported this month:0   Person hours   

Number of emergency operations reported this month:  4  Person hours  2

Total number of ARES operations reported this Month:  24  Total Person hours  152

WV SEC Matt Gregg  I have sent out emails to the folks who hold the Emergency Coordinator spot that has not sent in reports in some time. I am giving folks a few days to report back to me. If I don't hear back from them via email or phone call I will send letter via USPS to them to get them reporting. We have several openings in the state for Emergency Coordinators and I am looking for volunteers for those counties.

  • Mason County –  Mason County ARES had its first official meeting. 4 members were present. Already have a MOU getting ready to go into place with Pleasant Valley Hospital for a new amateur radio station going in at the hospitals EOC. Plans are underway to put a new 2 meter repeater up in Letart, WV for ARES and that will have a link radio to the 443.700 in Pomeroy, Oh ( what repeater we use now.)
  • Lincoln County - All is the same here in Lincoln County 12 members
  • Raleigh County – Nothing to Report
  • Barbour County – Nothing to Report
  • Pocahontas County - We will be providing comms. for The Greenbrier River Race the end of April. We are in the planning stages for that event.
  • Marshall County - P.A/ N.B.E.M.S. with Western Pa. Every Sunday for the Month of February & N.Y. / N.B.E.M.S. Every Saturday
  • Brooke County - basically nothing happened in Brooke County during the month of February. We had some issues with cold weather and snow, but who didn't. Our next CERT meeting with Brooke EMA is scheduled for 12-March-2014
  • Hancock County – Nothing to Report.
  • Putnam County – Nothing to Report
  • Randolph County - No new activities happened. I'm gaining one more member in ARES. I've also started studying for my Extra license. Hope to test sometime this month
  • Gilmer County – 45 stations check in over 5 nets lasting 63 minutes total
  • Morgan County – Nothing to Report
  • Gilmer County – 38 stations over 4 sessions total of 57 min.
  • Kanawha County - The ARES group of Kanawha County net at the Metro 911 Center at 6:30 PM, we had an attendance of 8 people that are very interested in taking the NIMS classes and getting certified to be able to be called out. The ARES Net on the first Sunday of the month had a total of 36 check-ins and that I felt is very optimistic the weather change will make a lot more people interested in participating. I would hope the we can have some joint meetings with other counties to build a better working relationship and encourage more participation
  • Wood County - Terry Mills, KC8TUE, EC Wood County, said that on March 4th, WCEC and Wood County ARES held their monthly business meeting at Lubeck at the Civic Center. Social hour started at about 6:00pm with snacks provided by Dot (KC8HAI). Ken (WA8LLM) called the business portion to order at 7:00pm. After the financial part of the meeting was finished the group had discussions on the link repeater system Ken is working on and preparations were made for the Technician class in Mason County. A report was given on the soup bean dinner held on February 22nd, and they were pleased with the attendance. It was one of the best fundraisers dinners yet. Terry said there would be a basic electronics class offered for the March 22nd monthly training at the MOV Health Dept. at 9:00am. There is NO charge for the class. The winning raffle ticket for the 24inch flat screen TV fund raiser was drawn. The winner of the TV was Rick Modesitt. A Hotdog Supper will be held on Saturday, May 24th at Lubeck Civic Center, 322 Lubeck Road, from 12 noon until 6:00pm, for another WCEC fundraising. The meal for adults is 6 dollars for 2 Hotdogs, beans, chips and drink. Kids meal for ages10 and under is 1 Hotdog, chips, and drink for 3 dollars. The next fund raising raffle drawing will be held at the WCEC/ARES Meeting on May 6th. The raffle is for an 800 Watt portable generator. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Ken Harris (WA8LLM) or Terry Mills (KC8TUE) or any WCEC member to purchase tickets for the drawing. There were 20 ARES members present at the meeting. On March 8th, a one-day Technician License class was held at the Mason County Courthouse. Ken (WA8LLM), Dot (KC8HAI), Cathy (KC8DJJ), Brad (KC8TYU), and Terry drove down and started the class at 9:15 am. There were 10 individuals registered for the class. The question pool was read and discussed. Pizza and soda was served at about 2:00pm and testing started soon after. Mason County gained four new Technicians from this class. Terry wanted to thank Matt Gregg (KD8OMT) WV SEC, and Mason County EC for inviting the group down to do the class. Congratulations to all who passed the test. There were 6 ARES members present. On March 14th, Terry attended a SKYWARN class at Wirt County High School. Greg Gulliot from the National Weather Service, Charleston Office, was the instructor. As always, it was very informative. Even though Terry has been a spotter for a number of years, he still enjoys going and honing his skills. The science is continually evolving and Terry says he is always learning something new whether, it’s a total change or just something he missed in earlier classes. Terry said he doesn’t believe anyone can ever be too prepared. There were at least 10 ARES members present. On March 15th, Terry said he went to the Charleston Hamfest. He met some new hams and reconnected with some he doesn’t get to see often enough. Terry sat in on the ARES meeting with Charles Hardy, (WV8CH), SM for WV, Matt Gregg (KD8OMT) who’s the new SEC for WV. Terry said that Matt has some good plans in store for ARES and wanted to wish him welcome and good luck. Terry also attended the NWS seminar at the Hamfest, again, by Greg Gulliot. Terry found his presentation at the Hamfest very helpful and informative. There were approximately 20 ARES members attending each forum. On March 20th, Terry attended a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis (THIRA) course at the WV National Guard Compound at the Mid Ohio Valley Regional Airport. The class was presented by David Hogue from the Department of Homeland Security. David explained about how each county had to have a THIRA plan in effect to be able to apply for federal money thru DHS. This course introduced the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and explained how THIRA is an integral part of the overall National Preparedness System. There were 15 ARES members present.
  • Pleasants County - Ken Harris, WA8LLM, DEC District 3, said that along with the classes and activities that Terry Mills, KC8TUE, reported in his EC Report, that on February 14th he and his wife Dot, KC8HAI, attended the FEMA MGT 383 Emergency Operations Plans for Rural Jurisdictions class, before going to the Skywarn class in Elizabeth at the Wirt County High School. Also at the FEMA class was Jim Rose, KC8ITI, Regional Threat Preparedness Coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. Ken said that he taught a Basic Electronics Class on March 22nd at the Mid Ohio Valley Heath Department, in Parkersburg. There were 14 students in the class, six of which were ARES Members.
  • Tucker County - April net report we had our meeting and net Saturday April 5 we had 7 check ins with 5 ARES members and 2 non.
  • Cabell County - On March 2, 2014 an informational and resource Net was activated at 1448 hours in anticipation of a severe winter weather event.  The Cabell County OES had alerted all participating agencies to the Severe Weather Alert and to be prepared to activate should the EOC be opened.  So to be proactive Cabell County ARES opened a net to alert its members to the possible activation and to determine resources should the EOC be opened.  We had 7 members respond to the net. Fred Herr EC, WD8AGH, Mark Killen, KD8QIG, Jim Perry AEC, KB8LSR, Gregg AEC, W8DUQ, Judy Taylor AEC, WD8EOP, Jeff Adkins, KD8LSR and Don Haddox AEC, AB8WW.  Fortunately the severe weather did not materialize in Cabell County.



Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM: March 2014 
See the ARRL WV Section NTS Net Reports, the Station Activity Reports (SAR) and the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports below. 

HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager 

WV Fone Net            1006        137       919                31         W8YS                          WV Midday Net          679          37        565                31         W3GEG     WVCW Net Early        111         42        284                31        KD8G                                  WV CW Net Late         64          25        154                31         KD8G                       WV ARES®/RACES                                                                 WV8CH             Total                 1860       203       1922              124 

 ARES/RACES 2 Meter Nets  Stations  Traffic Time Minute Sessions                District 6 ARES/RACES           61            2          60               5      Monongalia ARES/RACES      75            0          98               5                        Total                                        136           2         158             10


2 Meter Nets               Stations Traffic TimeMinutes sessions         

KARC Net Report            116     2          235             5                                               

                  Total              116      2        235              5            

               Station Activity Report  (SAR) –Mar 2014 

Station           Orig   Rec   Sent    Del  Total                                                 KA8ZGY         15     5         23      5       38                                                    W8CPG            6    11        32      0       49                                                WV8CH            3    89        24     21    137 

Total:             24    105      79       26   234                                


                  Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) -Mar 2014

Station                       1       2       3       4       5       6       Total                  KA8ZGY                 28     40      20       5      0      20       113       W8CPG                  40     40      20       0       0       0       100

WV8CH                  40     40     20      10      0      20       130                         Stations  = 3         108   120     60      15      0      40       343


Jeff Wood, N8NH, ARRL WV Section ACC
If you have any questions about clubs in your area please feel free to contact me at   73  Jeffrey Woods N8NH.
ARRL Affiliated Clubs –
Visit the ARRL Club site www.arrl/org
 to update your clubs ANNUAL REPORT.

ARRL Affiliated Clubs – Visit the ARRL Club site to update or

WV Clubs - Visit the ARRL Club site to become an ARRL Affiliated Club. 
ARRL VE Testing – Visit the ARRL Exams site for testing


***Please visit the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council (WVSARC)
website at  and update your
club/organization information and email address.    All WV Amateur Clubs
 are asked to register on the site...
*** Check out the above list of “New”, Upgrade WV Amateurs and ARRL
members for your club to contact as perspective members.
*** WV Club Newsletters – Does your club have a newsletter – please
send hardcopy or by email.

Should you need an update to the listing below, contact:

64 Repeater Group     Dwight D. Hensley, N8HZ, Barboursville, WV

Barbour County Area Amateur Radio Club

Black Diamond ARC

Charleston Hamfest and Computer Show

Doddridge County Amateur Radio Society

East River Radio Club

Eastern Panhandle ARC

Jackson County ARC

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club

Kanawha Amateur Radio Club

Logan County ARC


Mon County Amateur Radio Club


Monongalia Wireless Assn.

Mountain State Transmitters     Jeffrey A. Broschart, KC8OBS

Mountaineer ARA (contract Joe Radcliff, WD8EOG)

Opequon Radio Society

Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub

Plateau Amateur Radio Assn

Ritchie Amateur Group

Southern WV ARA, Inc

Stonewall Jackson ARA

Tri-County Ham Radio Club 

Tri-State Amateur Radio Assn.  

West Virginia Amateur Radio

West Virginian DX Assn

West Virginia University ARC

WV State Amateur Radio Council

WV Wesley College ARC


WV HF Nets Name                 Day(s)   Time (local)   Freq. (MHz)    Mgr.

West Virginia CW Early Net    Daily        1900                  3.567          KD8G

West Virginia Fone Net              Daily        1800             3.810          W8YS

West Virginia CW Late Net     Daily         2200             3.567          KD8G

WV ARES/RACES Emg.Net  1stThurs .   1830            3.810       WV8CH

West Virginia Mid Day Net      Daily        1145     7.235 / 3.810      W3GEG

Triple States ARES CW Net     Wed.        1846            28.480         KF8RL

TSARC 10 meter Phone Net     Wed.        1930            28.480        N8FQN

TSARC 40 meter Net                Wed.        2000             7.260         K8UGO


WV VHF Nets    Day(s)  Time       Freq. (MHz)        Coverage         Mgr.

8 Rivers ARC      Tu       2100    145.110 T107.2   Pocah. Co. +   KC8CSE

Barbour CoARES  Th       2100    145.140-           Barbour Co.     KC8MLK

Cabell Co ARES    M       2030  146.760-/443.850 Hunt/KY/OH   KB8LSR

Eastern Pan.Trfi M-F     1845     147.255+    Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. KB8NDS

FayetteCo.ARES  2,4 Th  2030     146.790-            Fayette.Co +     WV8CH

Gilmer Co.A/R     Th       1900     145.290-          Central WV        KA8ZXP

Harrison Co.A/R  Th       1900     146.685-    North Central WV      WJ8G

JeffersonCo ARES  Su    2030     147.255+        Jefferson Co.

KARC 2mtr        Su       2030    145.350-      Kanawha Co. +       N8TMW

MountainStateFM  Sat   2100   145.370        Tucker Co./adj.      KD8HJN

Northern WVA/R  W      2030     145.300-      Northern WV         KB8QIR

Ohio Co ARES   Su      2000     146.760-       Ohio Co.                KC8CR

PendletonCoA/R Th       1900      147.285+     Eastern WV           N8HON

PioneerARA2mtr T      1900      146.835-      Central WV         KB8EUN

PlateauARA2mtr  Su    2000     146.790-       Fayette.Co +       WV8CH

Steuben.Weirton   Su    2000     147.060+    North WV/E OH     W8DYF

SWJARC 2mtr     T      1900      147.210+    North Central WV N8FMD

TSARC News Net F     2000      146.910-     North. Panhdl.          K8AN

TSARC Skywarn  T     1915      146.910-     North. Panhdl     WD8PQG

Tyler Co.AR Org. M    2100      147.360+    Tyler Co. +          KB8TIV

Wayne Co ARES  M    2100      147.390+    Louisa,KY/WV   KC8ICK

WVEastRegARES M   2000       147.255+  Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. K8WXI

Michael Erwin, KD8MRU, ARRL WV Section PIC:
Please contact Michael at  should you have questions related to Public Information processes and/or  advertising upcoming events.




 ARRL West Virginia Section
Section Manager: Mr. Charles L Hardy Jr, WV8CH







West Virginia Officials